After recently signing a two-year contract extension with Adelaide United, Sergio 'El Tanque' Cirio reiterated his love of being a Red and spoke of his confidence in his teammates heading into the remainder of the season.
“I feel happy because I have got everything that I want here,” Cirio said.
“Last season and this season we have ben playing well and the coach has given me a lot of confidence and I think I’m playing good too.
“I like the way that we play and our mentality and I just want to be part of that (going forward). I also love the fans and I think they love me as well, so I feel happy here.”
Having undoubtedly improved in his second season with United, most notably his outstanding performances throughout the Westfield FFA Cup triumph, Cirio explained that success will flood the club if the atmosphere in the change room remains as buoyant as it currently is.
“I think we have a very good team on the field but also in the change rooms,” he continued.
“The atmosphere is really good and I want everybody in the team to (stay together) because I think we are doing well and we can (win) good things for the club.
“It is one of the best (atmospheres) I have experienced, for sure, and I feel this is very important for the club, and any club, to do well.
“For me personally, when I come (to training) everyday, I come happy because I know I’m going to enjoy (myself) on the field and in the change room with everybody.”
Turning his attention to the remainder of the season, Cirio said the only thing the team will be focussing on is United’s Round 16 match against Central Coast Mariners on February 7th and, despite not having a match this week, the team are training intensely to retain as much fitness as possible.
“We are doing a very good season and the most important thing now is the next game against Central Coast Mariners. This week we don’t have a game, so we are training a little bit harder to prepare.
“We’re playing very well away (from home) and we are getting points and we will prepare as best as we can (for next week). We just have to train harder these weeks to keep fit and be ready (for our games).
“Now we’re in the middle of the season, we’ve won the Westfield FFA Cup, and we’re in a good position in the league so we just need to think game-by-game and after that we’ll see what happens. It’s a long season.”
Adelaide United will play Central Coast Mariners in Round 16 of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-league season on Saturday, 7 February at Central Coast Stadium. Kick off will be at 4.30pm ACDT.